The Herbert launches partnership with Google Arts

More than sixty items from the Art Gallery & Museum’s collection is now available to view digitally, including paintings, sculptures and artefacts.

The Lady Godiva Procession of 1829, Coventry, David Gee, 1861/1861

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, Coventry has today launched a partnership with Google Arts & Culture, a digital platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in museums around the world.

The partnership has seen more than sixty paintings, sculptures and artefacts go on display as part of the first digital exhibition on the legend of Lady Godiva.

The new project aims to make the museum’s collection more accessible to not only the people of Coventry but people across the globe.

Currently, the collection dates as far back as the 11th century up to the early 20th century, but the collection is expected to expand even further, with new items covering the natural world, modern art, and the Old Masters.

Floor tile, Unknown, 1100/1500

One of our favourite pieces from the collection (pictured above) is a medieval floor tile, used in churches and monasteries. Slip, a mixture of clay and water, was used to fill in the stamped design to create the two-tone tile. The design shows a crowned man holding flowers, believed to possibly be dandelions, and dates back to sometime after the 11th century.

You can view the museum’s first digital exhibition of more than sixty items here.